WHAT IS A “TEACHING COAT”?

“The Teaching Coats Project” is a hands-on professional development experience for educators, inspired by Parker Palmer’s book, “The Courage to Teach”.  

Participants reflect on their practice using mixed media collage to create a symbolic, wearable “Teaching Coat”.  

The process of making a “Teaching Coat” involves interacting with a personal selection of writings, illustrations, found objects, fabrics and colours in a creative, meaningful fashion.  

The goal is to discover, represent, celebrate and share facets of one’s professional practice and “teacher within”.  

0002qb“I once heard this Hasidic tale: ‘We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us of who we are.’ Knowing, teaching, and learning under the grace of great things will come from teachers who own such a coat and who wear it to class every day.”  -Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

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